TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Greek system at the University of Alabama has many traditions proudly touted by the member institutions. They raise thousands of dollars for charities, provide professional networking for alumni, and have produced numerous influential political leaders.
There is one tradition, however, that is not trumpeted proudly. It remains shrouded in the shadows, yet is an elephant in any room there is a discussion about UA Greek life. It’s the process of integration, seemingly slower than time itself. In the fall, Dr. Judy Bonner said all sororities had integrated. On the fraternity side, however, the same could not be said.
In an effort to further push integration system-wide, the University of Alabama Student Government Association passed a resolution supporting campus-wide integration. In a statement, newly elected SGA President Hamilton Bloom said,
“Over the past two semesters, our University and the Greek system have taken tremendous strides towards integrating our fraternities and sororities, but we still have a long way to go. I commend the efforts of the countless students who have worked towards equality and justice for all students.”
The SGA has no direct governing power over the fraternities and sororities; rather, they are governed by the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Alabama Panhellenic Association.
Nick Pacitti is the president of Sigma Pi at UA. He believes integration is long overdue.
“I would say as fraternities and sororities, we look for the best students at the university,” he said. “So, I fully support integration.”
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